Ulster’s Paddy Wallace has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.
Ulster coach Mark Anscombe confirmed the bad news when speaking to the Independent on Tuesday. Anscombe admitted that he was surprised by the seriousness of the injury, confirming that Wallace would require surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
The injury occurred during Ulster’s game against Glasgow last Friday and rules Wallace out for the remainder of the season. He is now 34 years old and this setback has raised questions over his ability to continue as a top level rugby player.
Wallace is just 12 appearances shy of becoming the first Ulster player to reach 200 and Anscombe has bemoaned the knee injuries that have beset the Ulster squad all year.
“I have never known anything like it in my lifetime with the amount of ACL injuries.” Anscombe told the Independent. “We have had four or five this season, and normally maybe you would get one maybe every year or two. But to have this many is unheard of. Why? I have just no idea. Bad luck, misfortune or whatever.”
There is some good news for Anscombe however, as he welcomes back Paddy Jackson, Iain Henderson, Declan Fitzpatrick and Lewis Stevenson from Ireland duties ahead of the Pro 2012 clash at home to Treviso on Friday.